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Oh, look! Here I am. Checking in with nothing to say. Children are growing. Taller than my husband, both of them. And by default, me. They are smart, though probably not exactly on track with what the school folks expect. They are well adjusted. Surprisingly, since we all know about those poorly socialized homeschoolers! I would like to make $30,000 in 30 days, so if you have any brilliant ideas that don’t involve Nigeria or a video camera, please do let me know.

Meanwhile, if you need a laugh, may I recommend that you take a spin around this site?

Another Milestone

Today, my 16 year old heads out for his first official behind the wheel driving lesson. With an official permit to drive. And a parent who is officially wondering how in the world I can possibly have a child who is old enough to drive.

Fun with Driver’s Ed

So, my 16 1/2 year old started the classroom portion of driver’s ed today. This, the child who has never been in a classroom. Here, a sampling:

“Oh, that was a long day of sitting for my skinny butt!”

The driving school touts hands-on learning. I am skeptical, so I ask, “What kind of hands-on learning was there?” He replies, “tests”.

“You know,” he says, clearly thinking. “I need to decide if I’m going to be an organ donor or not. I’m thinking dead is dead.”

Another five hour class tomorrow, and two more next weekend and we’ll be ready to hit the road!

Too Many Books?

So, I have boys. Boys who are avid readers. I’m told this is an oddity, but I don’t know. It’s the ways it’s always been. I have been known to tell my kids to put down the books and go outside. Other moms – moms with non-readers – have been shocked by the fact that I’d interrupt their reading.

Just as an example, yesterday Evan completed FOUR books. These are your average ~300 page juvenile fiction novels. He also baked a batch of homemade chewy pretzels, made a cheese sauce for lunch, played a little bit of basketball, and washed dishes a couple of times (not by choice). And I’ll note here that the kid is skinny – not an overweight couch potato from all of the reading.

So, out of simple curiosity I ask this: do you ever tell your kids to stop reading? Would you, if they read four books daily? How much is too much?


Ooh, I’ve been quiet, yes? It’s been a month or so of slight craziness combined with winter yuck. I’m in a making-things-happen period, and much of that has little to do with homeschooling. For sake of an update, here’s what’s been going on around here:

  • Eldest is teaching ‘ukuele lessons twice a week. One session for two 7-year-old kids, the other for a 50+ year old man. I think that’s funny. His ‘ukulele website is nearing half a million hits, too, and he’s starting to look into finding advertisers. I think that’s cool.
  • Youngest is in a manic Lego mode, building all kinds of vehicles and has discovered this site where he can upload his creations.
  • I’ve got one Destination Imagination team this year, with tournament happening in ten days or so. My garage is filled to overflowing with cardboard, duct tape, PVC pipe, and paint.
  • Husband is laid off, which leads me to be ever more manic about finding work for ME.
  • I just finished an article for Parents magazine that will be out in June. My editor was funny and enjoyable to work with, which is always good.
  • I’m in the process of creating two different partnerships with other writers to create two new and exciting projects that I will be telling you about soon!
  • I fear that I am finally going to have to succumb to bifocals, as removing splinters is becoming increasingly difficult.
  • I’m expanding my garden area to grow more this summer, and anxiously awaiting springtime.
  • After reading ‘The Untold Story of Milk’ I’m buying unhomogenized milk in glass jars. If I could find raw milk, I’d be drinking that. Worth a read!

Civilian – the one I call Mom – on the phone: Yes, we just heard three gunshots down on the highway.  My daughter saw a flash as a car turned the corner.

911 Operator: What kind of car?

Civilian: We couldn’t tell; we’re about 650 yards from the highway and it’s dark.

911 Operator: Well, you know, it’s not illegal to fire a gun in Sonoma County.

History is Made

And it’s recorded. The Newseum site features 700 front pages of newspapers from 66 different countries. Amazing, awe-inspiring, uplifting, historic. May the next four years be long enough for our new president to dig us out of the mess we’re in and make a positive change.

Counting Down to the Vote

Anyone else feel like their life is on hold until this election is over? I keep catching myself holding my breath as if I can control what happens between now and tomorrow.

I can say that this election has served as a great education for my kids. We’ve discussed equal rights, racism, honesty, taxes, electoral votes, optimism, the separation of church and state, the legislative process, Roe v. Wade….the list goes on. I’ve even had the chance to set the example of becoming involved in an election – something I’ve never felt compelled to do before. Not only have I made monetary contributions, but I spent part of yesterday phone banking for Barack Obama. I was nervous, but mostly, people were very nice. I think I will do more calling today.

Heartwarming moment: my kids arguing over who got to post the “No on 8” sign in our yard. I am raising tolerant kids! Yay!

Of note: Check out the roundup of Blog the Vote at Chasing Ray.

Random thought: I cannot believe that there are still people who are undecided! Are they just saying that, or are they truly undecided?

This is an historic election. Historic. Regardless of how you plan to vote, I implore you to get out and do so. It’s our duty to participate in this democracy.  I mean really? Can you imagine NOT voting in this election and having to explain that to your grandchildren someday? Let your voice be heard.

Random Thoughts Amidst a Flurry

It’s been a busy few weeks, and that promises to continue. I spent the past weekend in Florida for a writer’s conference – there are real people behind all of those magazine stories and books you read! It was nice to meet some. Here are a few things I discovered while gone:

  • If you fly home from Florida the likelihood of being seated in the center of an extended family with a passel of kids all hopped up on Mickey Mouse is very good.
  • If you leave a chore-like project for your kids to accomplish while your gone, the odds are not nearly as good.
  • Jockeys must be light so as not to be too much for the horse to carry. UPS drivers must be able to lift a certain number of pounds. Flight attendants really ought to be able to fit down the aisle without bumping passengers every time they go by.
  • Some people just really think they’re something. I think they should get over it.

Brad, after watching Sarah Palin’s speech last night: “I bet she doesn’t listen to Bob Marley.”


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